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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown AleSierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

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3,083 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,083
Reviews: 1,064
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 71
Gots: 196 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010

Tumbler is our take on the classic brown ale – full of roasted malt flavor but delicate on the palate and perfect for crisp fall days. Layered with notes of chocolate and toasted bread and a hint of smoke, Tumbler is the ultimate autumn beer, so grab a seat and watch as the leaves come tumbling down.

2014 - Available in Fall Variety Pack (no longer available standalone)
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Photo of krausenman
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The beer pours a clear deep garnet to brown color and is capped with a light tan head of lacy foam.

S-You smell a spicy and nutty yeast smell at first that is combined with a chocolate or roasted aroma.

T-The beer has some initial sweetness that is moderatley mixed with a combination of roasted flavors of chocolate and coffee that is followed by some (little) hop flavor. The bitterness level is moderate enough to combine with the other flavors to provide balance to the drinker.

M-It has a light(er) body that is accompanied by a light level of carbonation.

D-Overall that beer is very drinkable. The balance is even enough to make the a session beer with enough flavor to enjoy.

Photo of JayS2629
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle.

A- Reddish autumn amber a little on the dark side. Perfect color for its namesake.

S- Hoppy grassy smell. Another namesake keeper. It smells like a pile of leaves. Cedar and maple. Slight notes of roasted toffee.

T- Somewhat diluted. Watery. Hints of maple on a biscuit. I taste the maple and cedar I smelled.

M- Sappy. Nice, soft and light. Well balanced. smooth.

D- Its a little bit blah. Easy to drink. A little watery.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Almost translucent reddish-brown with an off-white two finger head. Retention is great, and the head leaves behind very sticky lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel, nuttiness, and some roasted malt. Faint citric hops in the background.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee notes hit the tongue first. Nuttiness is present throughout. Citric and oily hops balance well and provide bitterness. Finishes semi-dry with some nutty and toasted flavors, maybe even a bit of chocolate.

M: On the thicker side of moderate and delightfully creamy. Ample carbonation adds crispness. Nicely done.

D: Very high. Very tasty, and a very enjoyable drinking experience.

Notes: This is a great example of the style. Hoppier than its English counterparts, but great nonetheless. A simple beer that offers a most excellent drinking experience. Great for fledgling beer drinkers and more experienced BAs alike.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from 24 oz. bottle(Loved the label and large bottle)a clear brown color with an orange glow and a frothy tan head that settles slowly. Great lacing as this goes down.

S: Roasted malt and fresh baked bread with a roasted nuttiness of hazelnuts. Some bitter orange peel and a slight spice from hops.

T: Roasted malt, toffee, roasted coffee and nuttiness ads a bitter note with the citrus and spicy hops.

M: Medium body with crisp tight carbonation.

D: Very well balanced and drinkable brown ale that is very pleasing to the palate.

Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Guess this is a brown ale? It is brown, but certainly also very opaque and thick looking. Darker in some areas. Head formation is light, mocha in color.

S - A very light smelling beer. I can detect a hint of yeast and some toasted malts.

T - Starts off with a light caramel malt sweetness, just a light amount of roast. It becomes more pronounced mid-stream, growing nutty. Lightly hopped, malt forward. Finishes with a nutty malty, at times husky note.

M - Moderate beer body - not thick or cloying, but not thin. Carbonation comes through nicely, although it does not a hair strong for the style.

D - Easy drinking - abv is in line. The carbonation is probably the only downside - not always a great texture and can be filling. Flavors are certainly appropriate for colder weathers.

Photo of soze47
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light in body and a glowing, deep brown. This was frothy on the pour, but lacing was light.

Aroma - Cinnamon toast nose. Very roasted, yet sweetness to it.

Taste - It gives a equal dosage of medium flavored herbal/piney/floral hopping to a somewhat roasty malt. Good robust flavor contrast that works because both are mellow.

Mouthfeel - Not too thick.. Flavors linger on the palette like an ale of a lighter style.

- Drinkability: High. Nice and roasty enough to be good on a cool evening or a breezy warm night. This one goes down smooth, but isn't build for thirst quenching.

Overall - Good beer. A highly drinkable version of the style. Good, unique hop/malt balance in the flavor profile.

Photo of drouss48
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything a great brown ale should be. Perfect for the fall drinking season. I would expect nothing less from Sierra Nevada.

I bought a 1/6 barrel of this and tossed in my kegerator. Poured into a pint glass, pushed with beer gas.

A: Beautiful dark copper/amber color. An aggressive keg pour lead to a perfect, rich creamy 2 finger head. Lacing was good, but faded quickly.

S: Nothing to over powering to me here. There is some sweetness on the nose, maybe chocolate? Some toasted malts in the background.

M: Well balanced mouth feel here. Medium bodied, getting heavier as the beer warms. Carbonation is perfect on the middle/back of the tongue. Warms you from the inside out as it goes down.

T: Roasty toasty malts. Bitter sweets chocolates that are balanced out by the background presents of Sierras ever present hops.

This keg won't last me long. :)

Photo of jamex
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack for $9.99. Some code on the bottle reads: 026711753. Tried to decipher it on the Sierra Nevada website and got a headache from the confusion.

Poured a nice, rusty chestnut with red highlights and a nice, glass clinging head.

Smell is faint, but one of malt, cedar and nut. Little smoky. Distant aromas of ocean-soaked sailboat and the inside of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Very faint leather and 'saddle.'

A nice, easy drinkable brown. A pretty clean taste with no objectionable aftertaste. There's a touch of maple or some other sweetness. Maybe my mind is stuck on the label but it reminds me of October, pumpkins, falling leaves and Halloween.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, I believe there was a date code, but it's covered by the store's price sticker.

color is a clear chestnut brown, with red highlights. thick white head.

aroma is off-putting. wierd metallic smell. taste is good though, smooth malty flavor. well balanced, not too sweet or bitter.

lower carbonation, thin to medium body. smooth.

drinkability is lower because I just can't get over that odd aroma.

Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark brown with a finger and a half creamy tan head. A desent amount of lacing. Aromas of carmel malts and coffee. On the palate toasted barley, chocolate, and dry white bread with a hint of metal finish. Good carbonation with a medium body. All in all I'd give it "Two thumbs up".

Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a twelve-pack at my local Jewel grocery store. First place I've seen it so far.

The coilor is a nutty deep copper color with a nice tan head of two fingers width that remains and thick, sticky film down to the last sip. Very nice bubbling for a brown ale I must say.

Rich toasty, nuty malt with the right spcie of peppercorns and a little citrus splash for the right bitter sniff.

The smell has is almost spot on with taste. But the toasty, roasty, and nutty malts are overshadowed a bit by the bitter middle all the way to aftertaste. Still good and very sessionable. I already bought another twelver of this beer. And I will do it again as long as its available.

Photo of xrdsci
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle

A: Deep brown, almost opaque. Off-white, soapy head that quickly fades. Clingy lacing.

S: Toasted malts, cocoa, some sweetness, and a bit of smokiness.

T: Strong roasted malts and caramel character up front. Maybe some hints of smoke. Some sweetness in the middle. Finishes dry. Not much in the way of hop character, but it's there.

M: Medium bodied. Average carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The beer is transparent nut brown with a mammoth tan head that leaves tons of soapy lace. The aroma is nutty and grainy with toasted malts, hints of caramel and just a bit of citrus in the finish. The flavor is full of toasted malts and grains. The pallet is coated with a nutty flavor. The taste is also very earthy, I would imagine dried leaves to be an ingredient in this. The mouthfeel seems kind of thick and the carbonation is a bit lower than I would prefer on this one. Overall, this one is acceptable and easy enough to drink.

Photo of CountJustinian
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured up nice and dark in the tumbler but with less than a half-inch of head. The head looked lazy, as if forced there for effect. A young caramelycharcoaly smell made a good second impression. Rich chocolaty taste burst through immediately but fizzled out thinly very quickly. Half way through the glass it thinned out some more, leaving me enjoying a beverage that just as easily could have been something other than beer. Very light carbonation. Overall decent experience, and I had another, but I saw no reason to continue. Would drink it again, but no reason to seek it out.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear ruby color with a smallish off white head.This had a musty, earthy moldy kinda scent to it.Taste is dominated by these flavors and lots of roasted malt. Overall while pleasant i found this to be kind of bland. I didn't taste that much in the hops department, i know the IBUs were supposedly at 35. Feel is kinda light and drying.

Photo of grittybrews
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chestnut (excellent clarity) into a pint glass with a finger of quick-fading off-white head. Mild and slightly sweet malt aroma with a trace of hops.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Bready caramel malt up front followed by some hop presence and a nice toasty finish.

Decent, easy-drinking, but not too memorable (especially when compared to Sierra Nevada's many other excellent offerings).

Photo of liamt07
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of TheSevenDuffs, via an unsolicited box. Cheers Marcus, served in a pint glass. Bottled on 020310605, translated to July 22, 2010.

Pours a translucent nut brown, hints to some orange-red around the edges when held to the light. Finger or so of white head, fades to a thin layer and bubbles. Leaves some moderate lace. Nose is fairly tame, light notes of nuttiness and molasses, maybe a hint of chocolate. Taste is in the same boat, light notes of chocolate, nuttiness and a prominent malt. Medium carbonation and a relatively light body, quite good drinkability and surely sessionable. Not sure if I'd go out and pick up a whole bunch of this though, a bit tame, unexciting and restrained altogether.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The beer is dark yet clear, colored brown and has some streams of tiny carbonation bubbles rising upwards. The head is the hue of egg shells. It is made up of many different sized bubbles and is about two fingers in height. As I've types this, it has settled slightly, but is still significant.

The beer has a dark caramel malt aroma. Some brown sugar sweetness is present, but I wouldn't classify it as a sweet smelling beer. There are a few grass hops present, but it is unlike many other Sierra Nevada beers in that it is not full of hoppy bitterness.

A dark malty flavor define the Tumbler. There is a bit of alcohol, a bit of toffee sweetness and a hint of chocolate. Some grassy and piney hops are present, but they aren't the focus; they compliment, not define the flavor. This is a dark, warming fall beer, not a spiced seasonal. I like it!

A medium body lets the above average levels of carbonation be apparent. The bubbles tickle my tongue. There isn't too much coat, but what is left behind retains a good bit of flavor.

This beer drinks very easily. I could work my way through most of a six pack easily. It is unlike other beers from Sierra Nevada, but still worth your attnetion.

Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and earthy caramel, with copper hops and a little citrus and bready yeast.
T: It tasted like roasted barley and copper hops, with some earthy caramel and citrus hops and a little bready yeast. It had a mild bitter aftertaste that was a bit dirty.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Too bubbly.
D: This was not bitter or sweet - surprisingly dull for Sierra Nevada. The body wasn't great either, but at least it was easy to drink. One of the least interesting or enjoyable beers I've had from this brewery.

Photo of kneeland
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the Lighthouse Beer Festival here in NC. I asked what it tasted like, and they said it was like fall in a bottle. I took a sip, and it tasted like fall in a bottle!

The color was a nice orangish brown, with a nice head on it. Foam disappeared too quickly, but not a big deal.

Seemed more like a marzen, and I guess they didn't want to call it their octoberfest since everyone has one these days.

Photo of bfields4
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with a creamy off white brown head.

Nutty malt driven smells. Just really nail the soft sweet caramel nutty aroma.

Toasted malt. The nuttiness comes through again. All the great malt driven flavors of a brown ale are done very well. A nice bitter balance. Just one of those beers that does all the little things right.

I'm not the biggest fan of brown ales, but this one does so much right. I could not find anything to complain about. Really well crafted, and I would for sure look for this guy again.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but dark brown colour, with a good frothy and very serious-looking head of beige foam. Lacing is sudsy. Minimal streaming carbonation. Looks very decent.

Nose is pleasantly and lightly roasted, with some sweeter notes of brown sugar or maple syrup. Dried apricots come through along with something slightly sudsy. There's a very distinctive candy character to it as well - orange sherbert, perhaps. In any case there's something sweet and pleasant amongst the roastiness. It's very nice.

Taste is pretty good too, although the sweet characters are missing. Roasty, with a definite Sierra Nevada (or perhaps West Coast generally) bitterness on the back. No roast bitterness, just enough grain character to give it depth. Feel is light and pleasant.

It's a really good beer, very tasty and really well balanced. It's different enough to give some oomph to a beer line up though. Lovely.

Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass for a 12 oz. bottle. The Tumbler pours a clear 'light' brown with cranberry notes in the light. Half inch of head caps the pour and bubbles away in moderate fashion, keeping a surface film and tossing random lace. Rather light in color overall.

Nose is straightforward with a nutty malt profile. Touch of hops in the background remain subtle. A Classic profile and not far from an English Brown. Bit of smokiness with warming.

Flavor is a bit sweet up front with a return of a nutty cocoa flavor. Pleasant feel and finish without the paparazzi, the girl next door.

Photo of jkrich
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful clear, brown with ruby highlights. The attractive, creamy off-white head lingered as I drank from the pint glass.

The aroma was rather restrained with a very nice, consistant malt aroma

This is a very clean tasting brown ale. Despite the malt forward flavor, the ale remains very refreshing. There is some good roasty character as well as a hint of molassas and cocoa; everything is balanced.

The body is medium with a clean, sweet mouthfeel. The carbonation helps keep this one refreshing.

This an interesting, very drinkable American brown ale. Earlier today I enjoyed an English brewed brown ale. Both were excellent examples - the English being rather earthy, exotic with lots of subtle flavors; the American being clean,vibrant and straight forward.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a rusty amber with a two finger off white head that laces thickly.

Aroma is of nutty malt, roasty and clean with a sweet molasses aroma. Finishes with a light touch of grassy hop.

Flavor is dark roasted grain up front with a rider of creaminess. Middle brings nuts and grainy malt. Slightly sweet with a touch of vanilla and cream. Finishes slightly sweet until this is cut with a light hit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is lush, creamy and smooth. Carbonation is perfect.

Very drinkable and tasty brown, a great sessionable beer.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 3,083 ratings.